Irises forum: The Santa Rosa CA Iris Show - April 25 & 26

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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Apr 25, 2015 5:56 PM CST
I read that there would be an AIS approved iris show about an hour and a half away from us - in Santa Rosa at the Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center. My husband agreed to drive us down there, and I further decided to enter a few of my blooming irises in the judging! For the first time! We got up at 6 in order to get there between 8 and 9 a.m. I'd read a little about preparing irises for showing, but some had flaws - a bug bite here, a torn petal there. And they had to have opened very recently. It rained the night before, but I'd cut the ones I wanted to show before the rain.
We got it all together and made it down there in time. The iris club had organized things very well, with ingenious holders for everyone's entries. A friendlier, more helpful group you'd have to look far to find. It was a wonderful day.
I thought you all might like to see some of the photos we took of the event.


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Lots of people helping!



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The tables were set up for different kinds of iris.



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Outside there were potted iris for sale - $7.00 each; 3 for $20

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When we came back at 1 p.m. after the judging, I got a big surprise. Two of my irises, Cracklin' Burgundy and
Thornbird, got blue ribbons!



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It was a lovely day - made even lovelier by a visit to Calif. Sue's garden.
I took lots of photos of her truly amazing garden. I'll post some tomorrow.

Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Apr 25, 2015 6:03 PM CST
I've never gone to a show, makes me want to go to one. Smiling I thought that every bloom on the stem had to be open, shows how much I know.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Apr 25, 2015 6:08 PM CST
Well, Tom, I've always been one of this "fools rush in" kind of people! It was a learning experience, and as I said,
everyone was very, very helpful. Iris-lovers are my kind of people! Smiling
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Apr 25, 2015 6:09 PM CST
Tom - you'd like it, I think. The "Best of Show" had 3 or four blooms open.
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Apr 25, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Yea, Jan!!!!
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 25, 2015 6:48 PM CST
Hurray!
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Apr 25, 2015 7:04 PM CST
Congratulations Jan!
We had our show today too, and I entered for the first time as well. It was a fun experience, and I also came away with 2 blue ribbons ('Splashacata' and 'Chance of Showers').
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Apr 25, 2015 7:19 PM CST
Yea, Sherry!!
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Apr 25, 2015 7:25 PM CST
Oh wow -- we have winners in our midst -- congratulations to Jan and Sherry!!! Thumbs up Hurray! Thumbs up
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 25, 2015 8:00 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!

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UndertheSun
Apr 25, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Way to go Jan and Sherry! Hurray!
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
Apr 25, 2015 9:20 PM CST
Congratulations! Hurray! Makes me feel kinda like a proud Step-mom!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Apr 25, 2015 9:23 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. Yay Jan and Sherri!
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Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 25, 2015 9:54 PM CST
Glad that you all had a good time at the show & met interesting people.

Tom--all flowers should not be open, growing irises, not gladiolas. Show people DO talk about 3 open flowers, but I prefer not as not long enough tome blooming in the garden. I have given up show judging, can't be on my feet that long.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Apr 25, 2015 9:54 PM CST
Someone just sent this to me. I was wrong earlier.. It was Expect Wonders and Splashacata that did well..
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iciris
Apr 25, 2015 10:56 PM CST
Congrats Sherry and Jan!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Apr 25, 2015 11:18 PM CST

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Awesome job, both of you, congrats!! I am going to try to get to the show next year. I went two years ago and I sure enjoyed seeing the blooms close-up.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Apr 26, 2015 10:42 AM CST
Pam -" step-mom, " Yes! I got the Cracklin Burgundy from you - for my "winos" section!
This was such a fun experience - equal parts chance and care! One of my entries was That's All Folks,
with humongous blooms - but the top one was just a little too shopworn, so I removed it. They gave me
an honorable mention for the remaining big bloom.
It's so easy to damage the irises in transport! And the weather is such a factor. I loved meeting other flower-lovers too.

Congratulations Sherry! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
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UndertheSun
Apr 27, 2015 9:54 AM CST
Thank for sharing photos of the show! Thumbs up

Congrats again!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Apr 27, 2015 11:40 AM CST
Your're welcome. Have you ever been to this one, Rob?
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.

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